Layering Your Dresses

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One of my go to looks this Fall has been pairing a mini dress with a pair of distressed jeans and a cardi  Why, you ask?

It’s comfortable √ 

It conveniently covers my butt when picking up tantrum throwing toddler

And it extends the life of my summer dresses 

Side note:  this was also my go to look during the last few months of pregnancy this summer – minus the cardi.  It was was too hot to wear anything but flowy dresses but my belly made all my dresses way too short.  So this was the perfect solution.

The dress I am wearing is from Zara.  It comes in chambray and olive as well as black. And the jeans are from The GAP.  I have never loved GAP denim, it just doesn’t fit me right but these are GAP Maternity which I loved throughout my second pregnancy.  And yes, I admit I am still rocking my maternity jeans. I loved these and am not ready to give them up and honestly I am just not quite fitting back into my old jeans.

SHOP   Zara Mini Dress ♥  GAP Maternity Girlfriend Jeans ♥  

GAP Girlfriend Jeans      Zara Mini Black        Zara Mini Chambray

Here are some of my favourite mini dresses for layering with your denim this fall. In fact, I just put the embroidered collar and the mustard shirt dress into my Zara cart.  And I bought the frayed collar dress this summer from Forever 21 – its great quality for Forever 21.

 

h and m blue puff sleeve   forever 21 frayed denim dress   zara checked dress collar     zara mustard shirt dress

Happy Shopping

♥  Mandi

1 Jacket 3 Looks

jacket-dress-1Yep, more Zara.  This jacket is so versatile and to prove it I am showing you 3 completely different looks – starring this jacket.  Unfortunately this jacket is sold out but I found a similar one from TopShop (only $85).  Actually, I think I like the TopShop one more than this, c’est la vie.

SHOP    Similar Jacket from TopShop 

ONE:  This jacket is perfect for layering over a dress.  I prefer it with a dress shorter than the jacket.  In fact the dress I am wearing is super short, too short for me, so I liked how the jacket gave me a little extra coverage.

BTW, I found these shoes at Nordstrom.  I just checked and they are sold out BUT If ever you order from Nordstrom Canada, you can avoid paying shipping and duties if you order in store or call customer service.  I have only ordered  instore but the gentleman helping me said you just needed the order number to place the order over the phone. jacket-dress-3jacket-dress-2

TWO:  Probably not the best look for a -20C sort of day.  But on a warmer winter day, the jacket works as an outer layer as well.  I get so bored of my winter jackets so layering blazers over warmer layers helps mix if up.  Also, I am not sure if the sleeves are meant to be three quarter because I have really long arms.  Seriously, they span 6 feet and I am only 5’7. Anyways I love that the sweater sleeves are longer than the jacket sleeves.  You can easily achieve this layered look by cuffing your sleeves as well.

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THREE:  Finally this jacket is totally work appropriate.  I wore a pale pink shirt with a bow detail, but it would look great with a black blouse as well. OR even a simple grey or black tee depending on how casual your work place is.  My office is super casual so I would probably switch the black ankle pants for a pair of jeans.

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Zara Sale – Can’t Stop……

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This jacket was a major score from Zara this week for only $60. To be honest I have gone a little nuts at Zara the last month.  I really need to take a bit of a shopping break and work with what I have,  at least until Spring.

Anyhow,  I love that this menswear inspired jacket is super oversized. I wore my faux leather leggings from Aritzia.  They are really high waisted and have tons of spandex in the tummy area.  Super slimming.

As for the shirt, its from Zara too.  Its a basic long sleeve pocket tee with a ruffle at the bottom. It comes in black, rose and olive.  And its only $12 on sale at Zara right now.

And I dug these boots out from the back of my closet – they were a Winners score from a least 5 years ago.  They remind me of something you might have seen on Anne of Green Gables. But nonetheless I think they look super cool with these leggings.

SHOP   Checked Coat: Zara – just sold out but here is something similar  Vegan Leather Leggings: Aritzia   Olive Ruffle Top: Zara 

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Pretty in Pink

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Typically pink is not a go to colour for me when it comes to my wardrobe. But when I saw this coat at Zara I knew I had to have it.  It probably didn’t hurt that it was on clearance for only $69.  I love the floaty shape (it’s perfect for layers), the length and the soft salmon shade of pink.

Usually with a bold piece like this, I keep the rest of my look fairly neutral and monochromatic. I stuck with grey in this case.  I also loved the way the pink looked with thus red scarf. Not only are pink and red a little unexpected as a colour combo but I found that the red somehow toned down the pink a little.

Oh and meet Molly.  She is the snuggliest, softest bestie a girl could ask for.

The coat at Zara is sold out.  But I have listed a similar style below.

SHOP ♥ Similar Three Quarter Sleeve Coat: H&M ♥ Similar Scarf: Indigo

 

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